AWS Training On Coursera, edX and Future Learn
Written by Sue Gee   
Thursday, 01 October 2020

Amazon Web Services is running three versions of a new free training course on how to build modern Java apps on both Coursera and edX.

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AWS, Amazon Web Services, is and is likely to remain, the foremost provider of cloud services. The services it provides also go beyond those of any other provider which means that keeping abreast of AWS is indeed difficult. Back in 2014 Amazon launched a certification program for developers and administrators who wanted to be able to show their competence in working with AWS with three levels - Foundational, Associate and Professional. Even though there are some AWS Training Classes in its Learning Library, AWS uses other platforms to deliver training.


The latest news from AWS Training and Certification is that it  has launched a new course on Building Modern Applications on AWS with three programming language options: Java, Node.js and Python.

According to their blurb:

In these courses, expert instructors discuss how to build a modern, greenfield serverless backend on AWS. Learners will explore how to build an API-driven application using Amazon API Gateway for serverless API hosting, AWS Lambda for serverless compute, and Amazon Cognito for serverless authentication. You will also get hands-on experience in guided labs as you review different configurations for Lambda and study how to create and manage Lambda functions. You will also learn how to optimize APIs throughout the entire serverless workflow using AWS services in your choice of Java, Node.js, or Python.

These new, free, self-paced digital courses are available from both Coursera and edX. The same 5-week syllabus, taught by AWS instructors and requiring a total of around 22 hours of effort, is available on both platforms. They are at Intermediate level and the pre-requisites are:

  • Basic Knowledge of AWS
  • Understanding of the AWS Global infrastructure
  • AWS IAM, Amazon EC2, VPC & Amazon S3
  • Comprehension of AWS terminology

While you can study them for free, if you want a certificate this costs $199 on either platform.


If you need preparation then one course that will fill in the gaps comes from FutureLearn. As we reported when it was launched earlier this year, FutureLearn's Cloud Computing Professional with AWS is an opportunity to "upskill" and prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, at Foundational Level. As one of FutureLearn's Microcredential programs it earns credits that can be counted towards a Master's degree, in this case 15 UK academic credits which are validated by Coventry University. This restarted on September 28th and you have until October 11th to enroll. The cost for the 12-week program, is £699.

We have also already looked at Cousera's AWS Fundamentals Specialization consisting of four courses plus an applied learning project and have met the AWS Developer Professional Series. This XSeries from edX is a sequence of of three 6-week courses which covers building, deploying and optimizing application of the AWS Cloud, working in Python on Linux and using a wide range of AWS tools.



More Information

Building Modern Java Applications on AWS (Coursera)

Building Modern Java Applications on AWS (edX)

Building Modern Node.js Applications on AWS (Coursera)

Building Modern Node.js Applications on AWS (edX)

Building Modern Python Applications on AWS (Coursera)

Building Modern Python Applications on AWS (edX)

Cloud Computing Professional with AWS (FutreLearn)

AWS Fundamentals Specialization (Coursera)

AWS Developer Professional Series (edX)

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